Cast & Credits:
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Salim Akil
Screenwriter: Mara Brock Akil
Starring: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Cee-Lo Green
Genre: Drama, Music
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking)
Official Website: Not Available
- Categories: Drama | Musical | All
"Sparkle" tells the story of the title character; Sparkle, (Jordin Sparks) the youngest of three sisters and a music prodigy who struggles to becomes a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Sparkle is from an affluent Detroit area, naive to the unexpected experiences her new life will bring as she and her two sisters blossom into a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era. Whitney Houston will play the trio's mother (Emma).
Mike Epps plays a wealthy comedian named Satin, who woos Sparkle's sister into a drug-filled abusive relationship on their way to the top. During her journey, Sparkle endures the trials and tribulations of fame but fights to rise through the ranks of the music business. "Sparkle" is set in the late 1960s when Detroit was the music mecca of America.
Whitney Houston's last film - she died during post production. The picture was to be an acting comeback for the singer, who had not appeared in a theatrical release since The Preacher's Wife in 1996.
Whitney Houston was also one of five executive producers on the movie, having acquired remake rights around the year 2000. Her original plan was to have singer Aaliyah star as Sparkle, until the singer died in a plane crash in August 2001.
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Binding: Audio CD
Title: Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
This summer, celebrate the era of Motown with Sparkle: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available July 31st from RCA Records. A remake of the 1976 classic, the highly anticipated film stars pop superstar Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston and is directed by Salim Akil (Jumping The Broom, Soul Food). Sony Pictures will release Sparkle in theaters nationwide on August 17th.Featuring the final recorded performances from the late music icon Whitney Houston, the 13-song soundtrack also includes tracks from pop superstars Jordin Sparks and Cee Lo Green including "I m A Man," "Hooked On Your Love," "Look Into Your Heart" and many more. "Celebrate," a fun, up-tempo, feel good track produced by R. Kelly featuring Sparks and Houston, is the first single from the film with Whitney s soul-stirring take on the gospel classic "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" as the soundtrack s second single.